How Polio Eradication Efforts Help in Covid-19

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a public-private partnership led by national governments with six core partners – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Its goal is to …

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A Spoonful of Sugar

A familiar song from everyone’s childhood has a polio-related backstory. Jeffrey Sherman, son and nephew of Robert and Richard Sherman (songwriting duo responsible for the music of classics like “Mary Poppins,” shared how the song “A Spoonful of Sugar” came about. Sherman describes the inspiration behind the lyrics, “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine …

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Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. Poliovirus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not …

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For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driventhe effort to eradicate polio worldwide.Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building.

Polio Today

When Rotary and its partners formed the GPEI in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, nearly 19 …

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